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New publication: 'Networks in Public Administration: Current Scholarship in Review'

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Hans Peter Schmitz has published (with Jesse Lecy and Ines Mergel) 'Networks in Public Administration. Current Scholarship in Review,' Public Management Review.

 

Abstract: Network-focused research in public administration has expanded rapidly over the past two decades. This rapid growth has created some confusion about terminology and approaches to research in the field. We organize the network literature in public administration using compact citation networks to identify coherent subdomains focused on (1) policy formation, (2) governance and (3) policy implementation. We trace how these domains differ in their approach to defining the role of networks, relationships and actors and to what extent the articles apply formal network analysis techniques. Based on a subsequent content analysis of the sample articles, we identify promising research avenues focused on the wider adoption of methods derived from social network analysis and the conditions under which networks actually deliver improved results

Two Interviews with Srdja Popovic, Executive Director of CANVAS

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Check out two great interviews with Srdja Popovic, an internationally known activist and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).  Mr. Popovic was one of the founders and key organizers of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor that helped to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. In his TNGO Interview, he discusses the work of CANVAS and the importance of unity, planning and discipline in successfully toppling dictatorships. In his Career Interview, he shares tips on building a career that works to improve civil society.  

TNGO Initiative receives grant from the West Foundation to expand its Leadership Institute work

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As we have written in a recent Update, the TNGO Initiative is expanding its leadership development programming in response to clear demand from TNGOs. We received notice early January that the West Foundation in Indianapolis has awarded a 3 year grant to allow us to design additional programming, pay for the costs of practitioner contributors to the Syracuse based TNGO Leadership program (www.maxwell.syr.edu/leadershipinstitute) and to offset part of the administration costs. This core support is vital to expand and further institutionalize our capacity to deliver leadership programming to TNGOs.

TNGO Initiative is increasingly engaged in leadership development programming

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TNGO leadership has been one of the three pillars of interest of the TNGO Initiative since its founding in 2004 – governance, leadership and effectiveness. In the last 1-2 years, there has been a marked increase in its engagement in both commissioned as well as self-initiated leadership development programming. Of course it all started with the TNGO Leadership Institute’s first program on the specific leadership needs embedded in the transition of leaders who currently work at the second level of leadership in TNGOs, and who wish to prepare themselves for top leadership.  The first two programs of this nature, based on open registration, ran in September 2011 and May 2012, and were very well reviewed by participants. We are currently preparing for the May 2013 program of this nature.

 

Since then we have gained further momentum in leadership development programming: ActionAid, one of the top ten global development NGOs, has asked us to deliver an in-house, customized face to face program for all of AAI’s country directors, senior leadership team members and heads of function. Other NGOs such as Greenpeace, World YWCA and Oxfam are also inquiring about potential opportunities to collaborate on in-house leadership development. We are exploring the possibility of co-delivering a young leaders’ program with the Berlin Civil Society Center and the BMW Foundation. The well-known Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex in Great Britain is considering the possibility of co-delivering a Europe-based program on leadership transition with us and with Oxford HR, a well-known executive search company for NGO leaders. And we are in the early stages of thinking through a new program on leading and managing INGO coalitions.

 

This burgeoning work on leadership development is exciting to us and to the broader Maxwell community of leadership experts, such as Professor Peg Hermann, Director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Catherine Gerard, director of PARCC and Steve Lux, Director of Executive Education in Maxwell (among others). It also prompts us to think through how to expand the capacity of Maxwell to offer this type of NGO leadership development as well as individual leadership assessment work into the future, given the signals of burgeoning demand.

TNGO Initiative co-facilitates informal INGO Learning Group on Organizational Change

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In early 2012, a group of INGOs with offices, among others, in the UK and Europe who are interested in learning from each other about governing, leading and managing organizational change  in INGOs got together to share their learnings. Currently, Action Aid, Amnesty International, the Irish INGOs CAFOD, Trocaire and SCIAF, CARE, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Save the Children, WWF and World Vision are members. 

 

 

The informally-constituted INGO Learning Group on Organizational Change wishes to learn from each other in order to better design, manage, implement and evaluate their own change processes. The members engage in candid, ‘safe space’ discussions through teleconferences, face to face meetings and through a virtual meeting and document sharing space. The Group also aims to eventually document their learnings in formats suitable to peer INGO change managers and other external learning bodies and audiences

 

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Co-Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative, is co-facilitating the Learning Group Tosca together with colleagues from Oxfam International.  Catherine Gerard, Associate Director of Maxwell’s Executive Education Program and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Maxwell who is an expert on leadership as well as organizational change processes, also acts as a resource. For more information, check here.

Presentation by Srdja Popovic of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies: Jan. 28th, 1230 PM, Eggers 220

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Srdja Popovic, Executive Director of the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), presents  'Youthquake - From Arab Street to Wall Street' 


 

Srdja Popovic, an internationally known activist, will discus the importance of unity, planning and discipline in successfully toppling dictatorships. He will also explain differences between "complete" and "incomplete" revolutions. Finally, he will elaborate on how different methods like the use of the Internet, humor, slogans and choosing battles which you can win can contribute to nonviolent revolution.

 

Srdja Popovic was one of the founders and key organizers of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor that helped to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic. In 2003, Popovic and other ex-Otpor activists started the non- profit educational Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS).

 

CANVAS has worked with people from 46 different countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, and Venezuela, in spreading knowledge on nonviolent strategies and tactics used by the Serbian pro-democracy movement to other non- democratic countries. CANVAS has worked with activists responsible for successful movements such as the Georgian “Rose Revolution” of 2003 and the Ukrainian “Orange Revolution” of 2004-2005. It also transferred knowledge to Lebanese activists in 2004 to address the crisis after the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri, and assisted participants in the Maldives’ revolution in 2008. Recently CANVAS has worked with April 6th, a key group in the Egyptian nonviolent uprising, as well as other groups in the Middle East.


Lunch will be provided

Monday, January 28, 2013
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Public Events Room, 220 Eggers Hall 


Student Research Opportunity with 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow

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The Transnational NGO Initiative hosts a senior transnational NGO leader each year through our Moynihan NGO Fellows program: these leaders spend 2 weeks of ‘intellectual rest and recreation” at the Moynihan Institute, researching a topic which poses a challenge to them as NGO leaders and which is aligned with our research interest in governance, leadership and effectiveness of transnational NGOs.  Many students have volunteered to do preparatory research for our Fellows and found that experience very rewarding.

This Spring semester, Dr. Uygar Özesmi, the Change.org Regional Director based in Turkey, will be our NGO Fellow. Dr. Özesmi will be here from March 31-April 12, 2013 and will be researching “servant leadership,” a concept that originates in faith based leadership models.  Dr. Özesmi will explore how “servant leadership” can be applied in a non-faith based setting, to a new leadership model that focuses on empowering and serving NGO constituencies in realizing their own expectations, needs and potential. This is a growing need in an era when individual citizen action has many more vehicles of expression due to the growth of digital social networks.  In defining servant leadership, Dr. Özesmi will address a specific series of questions:

 

-How have others defined servant leadership in the past and how does this new framing differ or add?

-How can servant leadership models be used in forming and revising the overarching organizational mission and vision thru networked participatory processes? 

-How close can the expectations and values of the constituency be matched with that of the organization? 

-How can servant leadership frame issues and choices with the constituency, both serving their most immediate concerns, and taking them on journeys that they want to go on?


We are seeking students who are interested in volunteering to do preparatory literature research on behalf of Dr. Uygar Özesmi  during the month of March before his arrival, as well as conduct followup work as necessary during his stay at Moynihan in April. These students will have an exciting opportunity to interact with this significant leader throughout his stay. We are hoping to count on approx. 5 hours a week of your time to devote to this assignment, for at least 4 weeks during the month of March.

 

If you are interested and available, please send your indication of interest, CV and time frame for availability to Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director for Education and Practitioner Engagement, Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute (tmbruno@maxwell.syr.edu; phone 443-5073). We hope to hear from you by  Jan 31 please.

 

Thank you for your consideration! For questions, please feel free to contact Kalila Jackson-Spieker, TNGO Graduate Assistant, who will coordinate the Fellowship (Kgjackso@syr.edu).

 

 

 

 

Student Research Opportunity with the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow

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Announcement of exciting student volunteer research opportunity with

the 2013 Moynihan TNGO Fellow:

Dr. Uygar Özesmi, Change.org, Regional Country Director (based inTurkey)

The Transnational NGO Initiative host a senior transnational NGO leader each year through our Moynihan NGO Fellows program: these leaders spend 2 weeks of ‘intellectual rest and recreation” at the Moynihan Institute, researching a topic which poses a challenge to them as NGO leaders and which is aligned with our research interest in governance, leadership and effectiveness of transnational NGOs.  Many students have volunteered to do preparatory research for our Fellows and found that experience very rewarding.

This Spring semester, Dr. Uygar Özesmi, the Change.org Regional Director based in Turkey, will be our NGO Fellow. Dr. Özesmi will be here from March 31-April 12, 2013 and will be researching “servant leadership,” a concept that originates in faith based leadership models.  Dr. Özesmi will explore how “servant leadership” can be applied in a non-faith based setting, to a new leadership model that focuses on empowering and serving NGO constituencies in realizing their own expectations, needs and potential. This is a growing need in an era when individual citizen action has many more vehicles of expression due to the growth of digital social networks.  In defining servant leadership, Dr. Özesmi will address a specific series of questions:

How have others defined servant leadership in the past and how does this new framing differ or add?

How can servant leadership models be used in forming and revising the overarching organizational mission and vision thru networked participatory processes? 

How close can the expectations and values of the constituency be matched with that of the organization? 

How can servant leadership frame issues and choices with the constituency, both serving their most immediate concerns, and taking them on journeys that they want to go on?

 

We are seeking students who are interested in volunteering to do preparatory literature research on behalf of Dr. Uygar Özesmi  during the month of March before his arrival, as well as conduct followup work as necessary during his stay at Moynihan in April. These students will have an exciting opportunity to interact with this significant leader throughout his stay. We are hoping to count on approx. 5 hours a week of your time to devote to this assignment, for at least 4 weeks during the month of March.

If you are interested and available, please send your indication of interest, CV and time frame for availability to Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director for Education and Practitioner Engagement, Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute (tmbruno@maxwell.syr.edu; phone 443-5073). We hope to hear from you by  Jan 31 please.

Thank you for your consideration! For questions, please feel free to contact Kalila Jackson-Spieker, TNGO Graduate Assistant who will coordinate the Fellowship (Kgjackso@syr.edu).

You can find more information about the TNGO Initiative at: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan_tngo.aspx.

New Article by TNGO Co-Directors: 'Accountability of Transnational NGOs: Aspirations vs. Practice'

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The TNGO Initiative announces the publication of an article by Co-Directors Hans Peter Schmitz and Tosca Bruno, along with contributor Paloma Reggo, in the December 2012 (Vol. 41 No. 6) issue of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The article "Accountability of Transnational NGOs: Aspirations vs. Practice" examines new ways of implementing accountability measures beyond financial methods.  If you or your organization has a Sage Publications membership, you can access the article here. 

New Format for TNGO Interview Series

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We are excited to announce that a new, more accessible way of viewing videos from the TNGO Interview Series is now available. There are three different categories of interviews; The main TNGO Interview Series features features brief conversations with leading TNGO practitioners and scholars about the issues they face in their work; The Career Interviews allows practitioners to discuss how they developed a career in their chosen field; and finally, the Leadership Series features participants in the TNGO Leadership Institute reflecting on the needs of leadership in their organizations.  We hope you will check out all three series  here.